This collection includes three interviews detailing the lives of Forrest H. Poe and Flossie M. Poe who lived in the Rattlesnake region of Missoula, Montana during the early 20th century. The interviews were conducted in January and February 1988 by Gladys Peterson. The interviewees discuss their personal histories, their experiences during the Great Depression, Prohibition, and World War Two as well as their time homesteading in the Rattlesnake area of Montana. Forrest Poe describes the effect that contracting polio had on his life while Flossie Poe details life as a woman in the early twentieth century. The original interviews are held as Oral History collection OH 196 at Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula.
This collection includes 3 interviews.
Flossie M. Poe
Flossie Poe describes traveling in a covered wagon as a young girl with her family to homestead in eastern Montana and, later, Missoula, Montana. She discusses how the drought affected her father’s crops in 1918-1919 and forced the family to travel to Wyoming in a ... Read More
Forrest H. Poe and Flossie M. Poe
Forrest Poe reflects on growing up in the Rattlesnake area of Missoula, Montana in the early 1900s. He describes the harsh conditions that homesteaders endured including infectious disease epidemics of measles and scarlet fever, which killed a number of children. Poe recalls the early settlers ... Read More
Forrest H. Poe
Forrest Poe discusses his family’s history and how his parents moved from the Midwest to Montana. He talks about his father cutting timber as a logger in McNamara Landing near the Blackfoot River and his father’s dispute with the Northern Pacific Railroad over the land ... Read More